NIH, PEPFAR Look to Strengthen Medical Education In Africa

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has teamed up with several other US government agencies to launch a new initiative to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa. This new program, called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, is a joint effort by PEPFAR, the CDC, the Department of Defense, and other agencies. It is an effort to fulfill PEPFAR’s mandate to train 140,000 new health care workers.

The NIH says it will also serve a related objective: strengthening developing country medical education systems and enhancing clinical and research capacity in Africa.

The NIH and other funders are seeking proposals to develop or expand models of medical education from foreign institutions and their partners in PEPFAR-supported Sub-Saharan African countries. The goal is to “contribute to the sustainability of country HIV/AIDS responses by expanding the pool of well-trained clinicians,” the NIH says in a press release.

“As we transition from an emergency response to a more sustainable approach, we are supporting partner countries in leading the response to their epidemics,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, said in the NIH statement. “Shortages of trained doctors are a key constraint, and we are proud to support partner nations in expanding the number and quality of clinicians available and facilitate strong faculties of medicine so they can meet their people’s needs over the long term.”

The initiative expects to award African institutions with as many as nine programmatic grants focused on PEPFAR priority areas; they also plan to make six awards that support non-communicable diseases and priority health areas related to and beyond HIV/AIDS. The program will support one coordinating center.

The application deadline is May 12. Click here to find out more.

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